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The Hakone Area is situated in the center of the volcanically active Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and is popular among both Japanese and overseas tourists as a hot spring resort destination. Hakone has rich historic roots, functioning as an important checkpoint along the historic Tokaido Road, which connected Kyoto and Edo during the feudal Edo era when regional Daimyo (lords) were required to reside in Edo (present day Tokyo) every other year to pay their respects to the Tokugawa Shogunate. A reconstruction of the checkpoint near Moto-Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi was completed in spring 2007, and includes a lookout tower, prison chamber, soldiers'quarters and a small museum. Long stone-paved sections of the Tokaido Road also remain, providing attractive and historic hiking paths for visitors.

In addition to its historic roots and bounty of natural hot springs, Hakone also boasts various modern and natural attractions. Among these are the stunning mountain scenery and hiking in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, the unique Hakone Open Air Museum featuring contemporary sculptures and works of Picasso in a beautiful natural setting overlooking a verdant valley, the Lalique Museum displaying the jewelry and glassware of Rene Lalique as well as special exhibits, the bubbling sulfur pools of the Owakudani volcanic valley where Hakone's famous onsen eggs are prepared, and breathtaking views of Mount Fuji across Lake Ashi. Nestled along Lake Ashi's scenic southern shore is the idyllic Hakone Shrine which features a majestic water bound torii a few meters offshore.

Witnessing the beauty of each season in Hakone while immersed in the healing waters of its natural hot springs or savoring the delights of its mountain cuisine is a time-honored tradition for Tokyoites looking to get away for the weekend. After a full day of sightseeing or simply lounging in the resplendent comfort of our guestrooms, have a replenishing soak in your private hot spring bath and retire to the Hakone-Suishoen restaurant for an unforgettable dining experience before peacefully drifting into a deep slumber accentuated by the soft rustling of leaves echoing in your dreams.